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A conversation with Marcus Melander

on 03/05/2018 12:00 AM
In only his third full season as a trainer, Marcus Melander enjoyed a memorable year that culminated with Fourth Dimension being named the Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter. Melander, who turned 26 in January, came to the U.S. from Sweden less than five years ago and worked for trainer Jimmy Takter before starting his own stable in late 2014. He is based in New Egypt, ...
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Northfield Park, OHHA resolve dispute

on 03/05/2018 12:00 AM
Northfield Park and the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) are pleased to announce that they have reached an amicable resolution regarding their legal disputes, and both sides have made meaningful compromises in order to find common ground for a working relationship going forward. The beneficiary of this agreement is the horse racing industry in that Northfield Park will continue its c...
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March 15 deadlines for Tioga Downs

on 03/05/2018 12:00 AM
Stall applications and stake payments for the 2018 Racing Season at Tioga Downs are due Thursday, March 15.   This includes payments for all the major races at Tioga. The 3-year-old Empire Breeders Classic sustaining payment; the 2-year-old Empire Breeders Classic payment to make your NY-bred foal eligible to the 2019 race; and the first of two payments to our older horse and mare e...
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Dee's Rocketman, Panocchio win in series

on 03/05/2018 12:00 AM
Dee's Rocketman and Panocchio each won photo finish decisions as the Fred Monteleone Memorial Series continued at Pompano Park on Sunday night (March 4). After the five-eighths mile sprint in the opening leg of the three race series, the distance stretched to the normal mile distance in this round with both winners hitting the wire in 1:52.2 in each of these $12,000 events. Dee's Rocketman, dr...
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Trio inducted into Florida Hall of Fame

on 03/05/2018 12:00 AM
The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) held its 27th annual Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame banquet Friday evening, March 2, with three new members inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Royal Fiesta Ballroom.   There were 14 awards given out with the three Hall of Fame inductees the highlight of the evening. Induction recognizes special individual...
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Keystone Velocity to qualify Tues. at Pocono

on 03/05/2018 12:00 AM
Harness racing makes its 2018 eastern Pennsylvania debut on Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as the first of a dozen qualifying races will take to the track, with the initial event to start at 10 a.m.   It will be the 94th and last horse qualifying hopeful to set foot on the track who is likely to attract the most attention. That would be Keystone Velocity, now 10 but coming of...
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Riggle Wealth scores after 10-month layoff

on 03/05/2018 12:00 AM
Riggle Wealth, who hadn't raced in 10 months, made a triumphant return to the wars Monday at The Meadows when he overcame post 9 and captured the feature, a $10,500 non-winners of two conditioned pace.   Unraced at two, Riggle Wealth was off to a promising sophomore campaign — two wins in as many starts — when he was sidelined in May. On Monday, he flashed that promise once more when ...
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Rollin Ring Afire wins Dover feature

on 03/05/2018 12:00 AM
Rollin Ring Afire made it a double for driver Ross Wolfenden, trainer Curtis Daniels and owner Howard Taylor at Dover Downs on Monday, a card which included 50-1 and a 23-1 longshots. Mike Cole drove four winners.  After a close-up third preceded by a second in his previous two outings, Rollin Ring Afire scored a decisive 1:52.4 victory in a $12,500 claiming feature. Vodka Is Terror (Tony ...
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Meadowlands has $3.4 million Saturday night

on 03/04/2018 12:00 AM
They came to play. Meadowlands fans wagered with both hands throughout Saturday night’s 13-race program and despite only two horses paying $10 or more and six races that saw favorites emerge victorious, the betting swelled to a new 2018 high. For the first time this year, wagering surpassed the magic $3 million mark. In fact, it wasn’t merely surpassed, it was smashed. The all-s...
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Gokudo Hanover, In Secret win Yonkers Opens

on 03/04/2018 12:00 AM
Gokudo Hanover (Matt Kakaley, $12.80) and In Secret (George Brennan, $11.80) were the big cheeses Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s co-featured $40,000 Open Handicaps. Gokudo Hanover ‘won the bob’ in a three-horse, pacing-feature photo, prevailing from second-over. From post position two, he watched early as 3-5 choice Rockin’ Ron (Brennan) vaulted over his six inside foes. ...
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Artful Way not denied in Saratoga feature

on 03/04/2018 12:00 AM
The defending Saratoga Casino Hotel Horse of the Year made his return to the winner’s circle on Saturday night as he prevailed for the first time in 2018. Artful Way (Artistic Fella) was a beaten favorite in his first two starts of the season but on Saturday night would not be denied in the $12,000 Open Pace.  Frank Coppola Jr. had thoughts of leaving with Artful Way but after a host...
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Miller team edges Team Tetrick at Pompano

on 03/04/2018 12:00 AM
On a festive cool Saturday evening at South Florida's Pompano Park, Team Miller edged by Team Tetrick in the 2018 edition off the Pro-Am Challenge sponsored by the Florida Amateur Driving Club (FADC). The grand event, honoring the Make-A-Wish Foundation and New Vocations, raised several thousand dollars for both from the FADC and on-track donations as poster and autographed hats were distri...
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Lets Go Bucks dominates at Miami Valley

on 03/04/2018 12:00 AM
Lets Go Bucks (Dan Noble) dominated the $24,000 Open Handicap Trot at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday afternoon, brushing to the lead at the halfway point and widening the winning margin to a surprising 5 1/2 lengths at the 1:54.2 finish. The clocking equaled the winner’s lifetime record speed badge, taken last summer at Scioto Downs. The aptly-named Lets Go Bucks, at least for most Ohio r...
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Meadowlands back in action Saturday

on 03/03/2018 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands rebounds from the disappointment of Friday's weather-induced cancellation of live racing with a 13-race card Saturday.  The Pick-5 carry over of $30,000 complete with the guaranteed pool of $125,000 will be offered on Saturday's races 3-7. The racing feature is the seventh race $20,000 Preferred where the winter meet's top pacer thus far, Western Joe, takes on six rivals l...
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California horseman Glen Holt dies at 87

on 03/03/2018 12:00 AM
Longtime horseman Glen Holt passed away Feb. 12 at age 87 in California. Born in Missouri, as a young child Mr. Holt traveled with his parents and siblings from Missouri, following the crops and working in the fields for a living. By the time he was in eighth grade, when the family settled in Shafter, Calif., he had attended 13 schools. Mr. Holt had a love of horses from the time he was ...
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Montana Pablo A upsets at The Meadows

on 03/03/2018 12:00 AM
Montana Pablo A moved third-over down the backside, then roared wide through the lane to pull off a 7-1 upset victory in Saturday’s $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Montana Pablo A followed the live cover of A Real Miracle into the final turn when Aaron Merriman sent him wide for the drive. The 11-year-old Blissfull Hall-Gold Liner gelding overtook A R...
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Lucky Lime squeezes up inside for victory

on 03/03/2018 12:00 AM
Lucky Lime completed the climb to the top of the ladder at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night by winning the $25,000 Open I Pace in 1:51.1. It was the 9-year-old altered son of Rocknroll Hanover’s third straight victory, following wins in a top conditioned pace two weeks ago and a triumph in the Open II last Saturday.  Driver Kyle Ater, despite being sent postward as the betting ...
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Lenny Mac takes Buffalo Open Trot

on 03/03/2018 12:00 AM
Lenny Mac made a big move early in Buffalo Raceway's $9,500 Open Trot on Saturday night and it proved to the right move as the lone mare in the field beat the boys once again by turning back Fox Valley Veto in a season's best 1:59.2 over the sloppy track. It was the second straight Open Trot win for Lenny Mac. With the field settling in single file around the first turn, driver Shawn Gray b...
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Zlatan bounces back for Saratoga win

on 03/02/2018 12:00 AM
Zlatan (Muscle Mass) looked to be home free when making his Saratoga Casino Hotel debut on opening weekend. The Melissa Beckwith trainee had a convincing lead around the final turn in that start when he made an untimely break.   Following a winning qualifier, Zlatan was back at it on Thursday afternoon. Mark Beckwith left with the 5-year-old trotter and dropped into the pocket behind...
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79 nominated to Pepsi North America Cup

on 03/02/2018 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment has announced that 79 three-year-old pacers have been nominated to the 35th edition of the Pepsi North America Cup.   The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is Canada's richest harness race and this year's edition is scheduled for Saturday, June 16 at Woodbine, Mohawk Park. The eliminations for the $1 million final will take place the week prior on Saturday, Ju...
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